What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence or family violence is the abuse of power or control. It is behavior used by one person to control another through force or threats. A batterer makes a choice to strike, hit, kick, punch or threaten the victim.

Domestic violence includes physical and sexual attacks and threats. These violent acts are criminal And batter can be prosecuted for committing them. The acts are a means of controlling the victim's thoughts, feelings and behavior. The threats and / or beatings generally happen more often with time, last long and cause greater physical injuries.

Emotional abuse and insulting words are almost always part of the abuse pattern, but are not considered criminal acts. The wounds from these injuries, however, may be more difficult to heal. Domestic violence is not caused by or provoked by the actions or in actions of the victim. Domestic violence is not directly caused by alcohol or drug abuse, depression, lack of money, lack of a job, mental illness or abuse as a child. However, existing problems often create additional stress in a relationship and may increase the risk of violence. Many abusers blame the victim or other things for their violent acts and do not take responsibility for the abusive behavior. There is never an excuse for violence.

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1. What is domestic violence?
2. What is the legal definition of abuse?
3. What is a 209A Restraining Order?
4. Where can I get a 209A order?
5. How can I get an order in district court?
6. What questions are asked on the form?
7. What relief can I ask for on the application?
8. What about child custody and visitation?
9. What happens after I have completed the 209A forms?
10. What will the judge do after speaking with you?
11. What is a ten day hearing?
12. What happens at the end of a year or the end of the effective date?
13. What should you do if you want to change the terms of the order?
14. Can a minor obtain a 209A order?
15. What happens if the order is violated?
16. What happens if an arrest is made?
17. What are some of the criminal charges that an abuser can be charged with?
18. What happens after an arrest?
19. What happens at the arraignment?
20. What happens after the arraignment?
21. What is a certified batterers intervention program?
22. Will the intervention stop the abuse?